As part of its mission to provide timely and relevant remotely sensed imagery and related datasets for disaster support, the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Emergency Operations project implemented several new tools and capabilities intended to expand on existing services for domestic and international emergency response.
The first new capability was an interactive, map-based Collection Management Tool (CMT; http://cmt.usgs.gov/) for incoming user requests. Concurrent with the CMT release in mid-2015, a new emergency response Web portal was launched (http://eoportal.usgs.gov/) to provide supporting information on the USGS EROS emergency response capabilities, services and data access, and other topics. The third major development released in early 2016 provides an enhanced capability for search, access, and visualization of image-derived map products and other related datasets through the USGS Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS), http://hddsexplorer.usgs.gov/.
All three of these new capabilities were developed and tested in direct response to end user input, experiences, and feedback. Together, this suite of new tools and services will allow the USGS to continue to enhance its support for the broad community of agencies and organizations engaged in emergency response.
Screen example showing the emergency operations Web portal that was released in February 2015. The updated Web site features many new and expanded content areas and includes information on USGS EROS emergency response services, data access, International Charter, and many other topics.